26th May 2021

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News

GCCN Updates and Reminders
  • GCCN Newsletter Changes - read here
  • City Development Plan Follow-up Meeting With City Councillors
    June 1st, 2021 - read here
  • Community Safety Meeting: 2nd June 2021 - read here
  • Biodiversity Projects Funding Granted to Local Authorities - read here
  • Community Enhancement Programme 2021 - read here
  • COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021 - read here
  • NCBI's National Advocacy Network - read here
  • Insurance Reform : Community Benefits to Date Survey - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Further Restrictions to be Lifted in June - read here
  • Six States Revoked From the List of Designated States - read here
  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here
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GCCN Newsletter Changes

We would like to inform you that, following today's edition, our weekly GCCN Newsletter will start to be issued every two weeks. 
For the month of June, the deadlines for submitting your events are Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 22nd. 
Please make sure you submit your event in time by emailing

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City Development Plan Follow-up Meeting With City Councillors
June 1st, 2021

Following a very productive process of consultation in relation to the Galway City Development Plan2023-2029 to date, GCCN intends to maintain the momentum and levels of interest generated in the community and to that end, will be hosting a follow-up meeting with the Galway City Councillors on Tuesday, June 1st at 6.30pm to continue collaborative discussions on the City Development Plan 2023 – 2029.

For further details and to register please contact

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Community Safety Meeting
2nd June 2021 | 6.30pm
Are you concerned about community safety?
Do you want to hear from experts in the field?


Join our panel of speakers in a series of focussed discussions held remotely on June 2nd at 6.30pm. The Community Safety Meeting will include an input from:
  • Sergeant Mick Walsh, Crime Prevention Officer
  • Anna Quigley, CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign
  • Evelyn Fanning, Senior Health Promotion & Improvement Officer, HSE

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Biodiversity Projects Funding Granted to Local Authorities

The Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, has recently announced that all 31 Local Authorities have received funding under The National Biodiversity Local Authority Biodiversity Grant Scheme. An amount of €1.35 million has been made available in 2021 for this scheme, which is operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The scheme offers funding to assist local authority biodiversity officers (and heritage officers in local authorities without a biodiversity officer ) with the implementation of projects that promote actions contained in the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) 2017-2021. This year the funding was double that of 2020.
Read more here.

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Community Enhancement Programme 2021

Applications for funding under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) for 2021 are now invited from interested community groups and organisations in Galway City from May 26th until June 18th, 2021.

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2021 aims to provide funding to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas/communities. This iteration of the programme will provide grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar to previous years) and one-off grants towards costs associated with reopening of a facility or the sustainability of a facility.

Applications can be completed online and guidelines are available to view at

The closing date for online applications under the Community Enhancement Programme 2021 is Friday, 18th June 2021 at 5.00pm.

Applications should relate to one or more key priority areas identified in the Galway City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015 – 2021 which can be viewed online at

For any queries in relation to the above please email Elaine Clifford or Angela Breslin at

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COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021

Applications have opened for a €10 million fund designed to support community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises, which have suffered as a result of the pandemic. More information about this fund is available on the Pobal website here.

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NCBI's National Advocacy Network

For people who are blind or vision impaired

NCBI would like to promote their advocacy network to people who are blind, or vision impaired, in the Galway community. By joining one of NCBI's Local Advocacy Networks and/or signing up for regular updates on the NCBI National Advocacy Network mailing list you can get involved in positive change for people who are blind, or vision impaired at a local and national level. To join a Local Advocacy Network near you and sign up for the National Advocacy Network please email or tel: 01 830 7033 and ask for the Advocacy Team.
See further details here.

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Insurance Reform : Community Benefits to Date

Since 24th April, when the new judicial guidelines on personal injury damages were implemented in Ireland, insured organisations are entitled to expect the cost of their liability and motor insurance policies to drop significantly on renewal.
ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM states that the new guidelines, signed off by the Judicial Council in March, do not deliver the 80% reduction in minor injury damages that is necessary to bring us close to comparable jurisdictions. But the estimated 50% reduction delivered is nonetheless significant. Insurance premiums are based on future risk and every accident that happened since April 24th plus the majority of claims that were in the pipeline at that date will be subject to the new guidelines, so the risk associated with every new liability or motor policy in Ireland has dropped significantly and that should be reflected in the price of those policies.
Now that one month has passed since the new guidelines were implemented, ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM are asking PPN members to let them know whether the benefits of the reform have been passed on – has their insurance premium reduced on renewal?

ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM invites you to take the 1-minute survey at the link below to track what has happened to policyholders whose policy renewed in the last month. 

 All you need to complete in the survey are the cost of your insurance renewal and the cost of last year’s premium.
ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM intend to run this survey for the next number of months and use it to inform their interactions with Government.

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Cruinniú na nÓg
Saturday, 12th June, 2021

Deputy Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Colette Connolly, is encouraging young people to use their creative talents in the city on Saturday the 12th of June for Cruinniú na nÓg, the National Day of Creativity for Young People. Having listened to what children and young people would like to see for Cruinniú, climate change was chosen as the theme in the City this year. Many of the free events are incorporating elements of sustainability, recycling, utilizing the natural and built environment, as well as encouraging creative solutions to climate change and using their imaginations. 
Full details of all events will be on the Creative Ireland Galway City Facebook page.
Full details for all events around the country for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at  
Read more here.

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Tai Chi Thursdays

open to everyone in the LGBT community

From June 3rd, for 4 weeks, joi  Eileen on Thursdays at 8pm for Tai Chi, meditation and relaxation practices.
Classes are free and open to everyone in the LGBT community.
Booking is essential and can be done by emailing or calling Helen on 089 4132756.
See the event flyer here.

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Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others
Fr. Griffin's / Éire Óg GAA

Fr. Griffin's / Éire Óg GAA will be starting  the 'Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others' games on Monday, June 7th at 6pm.
The G4M&O initiative sees women playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun and social environment. It is a non-competitive recreational form of Ladies Gaelic Football, welcoming women who currently do not play any form of competitive club football and would like to play.

All G4M&O training sessions are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of our game, developing social skills and providing an opportunity for women to be physically active.
For enquiries contact Nicola on 0863145598.

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Free Active Travel Series
National Transport Authority and the Engineers Ireland

Interested in planning, design and delivery of walking and cycling schemes?

Join the FREE Active Travel Series delivered by the National Transport Authority and the Engineers Ireland Roads and Transportation Society on Thursdays from 12 to 1pm.

Topics include active travel project appraisal and approval, planning and statutory processes, cycle design and urban design, quick-build measures, and communications.

The Active Travel Series will be relevant to engineers, planners, local authority staff and all those with an interest in active travel.

The webinars are all delivered using Zoom and while attendance is free of charge, registration is required.
Read more and register at the link:

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Africa Day 2021
Continued Celebrations

A big shout out to all our friends of African descent continuing the Africa Day 2021 celebrations this coming Saturday, 29th May. Africa Day falls on 25th May each year and aims to celebrate African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.

African United Galway (AUG) are planning a virtual celebration of Africa Day 2021, showcasing the diversities of cultural beauty that Africa possess that are present here in Galway. The virtual event will also highlight the diversities of community contributions of various Africans to the society we live in. The virtual celebration will take place online on 29th May 2021, broadcasted live via Facebook and also shared on Instagram and Twitter.

The Galway African Diaspora is organising a virtual Africa Day 2021 event which will virtually bring together people from African descent and the local Galway community through music and performances from local community members. The virtual event will take place online on 29th May 2021 from 5pm – 9pm, broadcast on Facebook and also shared on social media.

The above events can also be viewed and enjoyed on 

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Further Restrictions to be Lifted in June

Further restrictions will be lifted in early June as follows:

From 2 June 2021:

  • Hotels and bed and breakfasts can reopen services for guests only.

From 7 June 2021:

  • You can have visitors to your home from one other household
  • Wedding receptions can have up to 25 in attendance
  • Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can reopen
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service for groups of up to 6 people
  • Sports matches can be held without an audience.

Read more here

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Six States Revoked From the List of Designated States

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has removed further sixi states from the list of designated States for mandatory hotel quarantine. The states are Andorra, Georgia, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nigeria and Puerto Rico.

All travellers into Ireland must have a negative pre-departure test and those from non-designated countries must observe ‘Home Quarantine’. A full list of designated States is available here.
Read more here.

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Important Reminders


The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The helpline is open to anyone who needs it, seven days a week.
If you need support or help to get access to shopping, food, medication or if you feel isolated or lonely and need someone to talk to, please get in touch at:
☎️ 1800 400 150

Keep Well Campaign
The Keep Well campaign provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can add healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines around five simple actions: keeping active, keeping in contact, switching off and getting creative, eating well and minding your mood
Support for Older People
We would like to share once again some of the main helplines for older people to access, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 alert.
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline: 1800 400 150
  • COPE Galway Helpline: 085  87 67 785
  • Alone Helpline: 0818 222 024
  • Senior Line: 1800 804 591
We highly encourage you to share these numbers with any older person you know.
Galway City Community Response Map

As part of the ongoing work of the Galway City Community Response Forum, Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council have developed a map of the COVID-19 related responses, activities and services available to people in Galway City.

The map is publicly available and can be used as a useful information resource both for individuals made vulnerable by COVID-19 and by organisations or agencies that need to know where they may refer their clients to for support.

The map is online at the following links:
Further details are available on the GCCN Website.


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